During his brief ‘ru-ba-ru’ with the listeners in attendance, Sheen Kaaf Nizam calls shayari a way with
which one can know himself/herself and the world around
In the common and mundane life, sparing time for something that is beyond the usual routines is rare nowadays. People coming to listen to Urdu shayari, for instance, is not something usual. During an event organised by Haryana Urdu Akademi in Chandigarh on Thursday evening, the acclaimed poets in attendance expressed their gratitude to those who spared some moments for shayari. The guest of honour of the evening and an acclaimed Urdu poet, Sheen
Kaaf Nizam, believes that there should be no reason or occasion to organise events dedicated to poetry. However, he laments that our society considers poetry as insignificant. “I remember people asking me, ‘Nizam sahab, what do
you do’…I would say that I am a shayar and they will ask back, ‘Woh toh theek hai par aap karte kaya hain… “This is a decades-old conversation, but nothing has changed till date, unfortunately,” says Nizam, an eminent Urdu poet and literary scholar. During his brief ru-baru with the listeners in attendance, Sheen Kaaf Nizam calls shayari a way with which one can know himself/herself and the world around. Says he, “A shayar is one who knows and shayari is what is known.For me, shayari is serendipity, sometimes it is painful and sometimes it is witty. “A shayar can never decide what he is going to write. You begin with something and you wind up with something else, and from this to that, you get to know something which was not known before,” adds Nizam as he recites few lines, “Lab pe aati hai baat dil se hafeez, Baat dil mein kahan se aati hai?” However, despite his indelible love for poetry, Nizam avers that this is not an easy way. To be a shayar is not easy and to understand shayari is not everyone’s cup of tea. “Poetry is all about wandering and these wanderings are the achievements of a poet. The way is full of thorns. Yet, I don’t believe in counting these experiences full of struggle, ‘zyada baat kehne se baat bigad jaati hai…” And the poetic resonance strikes again, “Apnī pahchān bhi meiñ kho kar Khud ko kamroñ meiñ dhūñdte haiñ log.” Hoping that the Urdu poetry will stay for the generations to come, Nizam signs off.
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